I hope that the examination for US non-immigration visas will take into account the advantages for H1-B, foreign secretary


Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shrighla spoke to NASSCOM on Wednesday.

New Delhi:

India hopes the US review of the non-immigration visa will take into account the concerns of H1-B visa holders, said Foreign Minister Harsh Vardhan Shringla.

In a virtual address to NASSCOM, Shringla said there was some concern among Indians and the industry about restrictions on the H1-B visa due to the US administration’s review of their regime visa for non-immigrants.

“As you know, the Indian government has consulted closely with all stakeholders and engaged with the United States government on this issue. Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) had addressed this issue, as well as the issue of the agreement totaling, during President (Donald) Trump’s visit to India in February 2020, “said Shringla.

Noting that the impact of COVID-19 on the US economy has led to a change in the situation, he said: “We have to take a realistic but effective approach. Consequently, our approach has been to work at the diplomatic level and to deal with each specific problem, one at a time.

“We were able to intervene at the start of our lockout with the United States government on the issue of temporary relief for H1-B visa holders whose visas expired during this period, on a case-by-case basis.”

In its commitments with the United States, India has stressed that this is a mutually beneficial partnership that should be encouraged, he said.

The Prime Minister also stressed during President Trump’s visit to India that “the most important foundations of this special friendship between India and America are our people-to-people relationships,” said Mr. Shringla in his speech to the National Association of Software and Service. Companies (NASSCOM), a trade association for the Indian information technology and business process outsourcing industry.

“Whether it be professionals or students, the Indian diaspora has been the largest contributor to the United States,” he said.

India continued to emphasize that economic and trade ties are a solid pillar of the Indo-American strategic partnership, particularly in the areas of technology and innovation, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Highly Qualified Indian Professionals Working in the United States Through the H1-B System and Visa Schemes for Related Non-Immigrants Close the Critical Skill Gap, Provide Technological and Competitive Advantage to American Businesses, Says Shringla.

“We have also pointed out that highly qualified Indian professionals are engaged in the fight against COVIDs in various fields, including doctors, nurses and technicians developing solutions for companies fighting the epidemic,” he said. declared.

“We hope that the US government’s review of the non-immigration visa will take into account the long-term benefits of the H1B visa for American competitiveness and will not affect the provision of essential services at this critical time,” said Mr. Shringla.

Within government, the focus has been on increasing the use of technology and digitization to reform governance and increase financial inclusion to strengthen the social and economic position of our people, said M Shringla.


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